Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996)

Born:

25th April 1917 in Newport News, Virginia, USA.

Ella Fitzgerald’s grave in Inglewood

Died:

15th June 1996 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

Buried:

Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California, USA.

Some great singles.
  • A Tisket A Tasket (1938).
  • Oh, Lady Be Good! (1947).
  • Mac the Knife (1960).
  • How High is the Moon (1960).
  • Plus many more!
Some great albums:
  • The Complete Recordings 1935–39.
  • The Complete Songbooks (1956–1964).
  • Ella at the Opera House (1957).
  • Ella in Berlin (1960).
  • Jazz at Santa Monica ’72 (1972).
  • Ella in London (1974).
  • The Best Is Yet to Come (1982).
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It (1983).
  • All That Jazz (1989).
  • Plus many more!
Some interesting facts:
  • She was one of the greatest jazz singers ever! In fact, she is often called the “First Lady of Song”.
  • She also sang other types of music, such as popular music.
  • She didn’t really write any of her own songs. Instead she sang songs by other people in a new and great way. The main exception to this ‘A Tisket A Tasket’ which she helped to write.
  • She made some great albums with other great jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong.
  • She recorded her singing over period of almost 60 years!
  • Unlike a lot of jazz artists, Ella Fitzgerald was very shy.
  • In the beginning she wanted to dance more than sing. In fact she entered a talent competition in 1934 and was going to dance. However when she saw some good dancers perform before her, she decided to sing instead—and won the competition! There was no thoughts of dancing after that!!
  • She became very good at &#8216scat singing’ (this is a type of singing that uses nonsense syllables, instead of words).
  • In her recording of ‘Mac the Knife’ on the album ‘Ella in Berlin’ she started scat singing because she had forgotten the words! This turned out to be one of her great recordings!!
Official Website

Here is a video of Ella Fitzgerald singing Angel Eyes.

Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘Angel Eyes’

And here is a video of an older Ella Fitzgerald singing St Louis Blues.

Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘St Louis Blues’

Picture credits:
  1. Ella Fitzgerald. This photograph is Courtesy the Fraser MacPherson estate c/o Guy MacPherson. The image is free to use providing one credits the original source. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
  2. Ella Fitzgerald’s grave in Inglewood. This photograph was uploaded to the Find A Grave website by Curtis Jackson. Curtis has informed me that, as far as he knows, the image is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image.
Video credits:
  1. Ella Fitzgerald, “Angel Eyes”. This recording is from 1957.
  2. Ella Fitzgerald “Jazz in Montreux ’79 “St. Louis Blues”. Total dedication to her performance.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cool 26th February 2011

ella sings pretty

2 Roc 16th December 2012

Ella sings great but has some ridiculous dance moves!

3 bob 19th February 2013

shes awesome

4 Eva 8th March 2013

listening to someone to watch over me by ella fitzgerald <3

5 cece 4th February 2014

she a very good singer

6 shondellbennett 11th February 2014

hey ,i like your songs ..im your big fan

7 kayla 21st February 2014

i love her voice

8 brittney 20th March 2014

she is the best

9 mikenze 6th June 2015

Love it awesome

10 christensen 30th September 2015

she is the best scat singer I ever heard in my life

11 ciecie 13th October 2015

i love her shes amazing

12 siesiexd 20th October 2015

R.I.P You are so beautiful and amzing when it comes to your voice!

13 jayda 25th February 2016

Wow what a nice way to show Ella Fitzgerald in a kid like way. 🙂

14 jayda 25th February 2016

Cool and I love her VOICE. 🙂

15 jayda 25th February 2016

Why is her voice so butiful 😕

16 ebony dunning 8th March 2016

ella is so amazing at singing. her voice is pretty also, I want to be just like her when I grow up but I whant to sing all types of music

17 Bella Medders 8th April 2016

Her voice hurts, but is nice

18 kayla 12th May 2016

i love herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 kayla 12th May 2016

her head stone said she was born in 1918 although she was born in 1917.

20 Malcolm Pullan 12th May 2016

Well spotted! I hadn’t noticed this. Every website I have looked at about Ella Fitzgerald says she was born in 1917. There seems to be some mistake somewhere!

21 Avoral 21st November 2016

Ella F. is the most beautiful female Jazz singer known to man. Too bad that the best things don’t last!

22 Julia 8th February 2017

I love her shes AWESOME!!!!!
p.s. I love music so I love her alot.

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